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CAGcast #339: Shipwreck is Unimpressed

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#1 CheapyD

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Posted 03 October 2013 - 05:56 AM

Shipwreck is unimpressed with the Steam Controller, Grand Theft Auto V Online, Scriblenauts Unmasked, and so much more.  Pinball, however, never gets old.

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#2 ILikePopCans

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Posted 03 October 2013 - 07:55 AM

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Edit: Got a question after listening, would you guys agree that people who buy consoles on launch day just to sale for higher prices on Ebay are scum bags?



#3 Thevoiceinyourhead

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Posted 03 October 2013 - 08:19 AM

Great show as always, thanks guys.



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Posted 03 October 2013 - 01:46 PM

While GAF may be "small" in terms of the general video game industry, many people in the games industry frequent it often enough that they do have some influence within the media. So many game critics and journalists go in and grab stories from it as well.

There are also some executives like Albert Penello and Adam Boyes who are GAF addicts and do mention GAF to the media in interviews. I dunno why they would bother mentioning GAF if it wasn't relevant to them in some way.

Also, the GAF question was probably related to the HL3 trademark thread. It ended up being on the front page of Reddit yesterday and crashed GAF as a result.

Anyway, every forum has their own fair share of idiots or ignorant members. Don't let a few members or dumb opinions make you loathe an entire community.
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#5 DugFreez

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Posted 03 October 2013 - 03:20 PM

Another great CAGcast. I'm really looking forward to the next gen console releases coming up in a few weeks. I'm as excited to see what your thoughts and unexpected opinions may be with their launches, as I am with the actual systems themselves. I'm a bit disappointing to hear that you don't think I will be making phat cash by selling my PS4 system at launch. The PS3 launch was pretty good to me in that aspect.

I also wanted to thank Ship for the Cincy Pinball mention. It's good to hear that I didn't have a "stabby" look in my eyes when I invited you, though I'm sure I had some slurring speech by the end of the party. Hopefully you and the Mrs enjoyed yourselves and are able to make it out to play another locals collection in the future. Underground pinball houses are all around.



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Posted 03 October 2013 - 03:51 PM

I think you guys are underestimated the steam controller. I don't think it's going to replace my 360 controller for console ports but I can see myself using it for shooters. I love using a controller but it's not precise enough for shooters or strategy games, so I end up using keyboard/mouse which I find uncomfortable after a long play session



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Posted 03 October 2013 - 04:41 PM

Did you guys mention Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell when you talked about his games?


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#8 casamh

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Posted 03 October 2013 - 05:52 PM

Guys I got it! GTA should use the car's blinker as an on screen cue to turn, along with the current GPS Radar. The rear blinker flashes and you hear the click-click. What do you think?
I am with Cheapy as far as not wanting a giant green arrow hovering above the street.

Also I have to believe Shipreck was trolling about Kyrie Irving being a white woman.

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Posted 03 October 2013 - 05:57 PM

Brain Droppings:

Taco Bell isn't bad at all. But, White Caste "murder burgers" are the ones that giving me stomach pains even though It's what I was craving.

Subway isn't bad either even though most owners are douchey. And I am not a racist but why why can't they know the language of the country they do business in.

Ironman 3 was done with heavy involvement of the chinese. I thought it was good. However, Thor 2 trailers looks like it's going to be one of the better Marvel movies since the aftermath of the Avengers movie.

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Posted 03 October 2013 - 06:20 PM

I don't have GTA V, and I did a quick search of it, so I will assume this is not a feature. On ACTUAL GPS systems they often have turn-by-turn voice navigation so that you aren't constantly looking over at the GPS map when you should be watching the road. It seems like something that could have been included in GTA V as an option on the GPS that wouldn't have broken the immersion like arrows on the side of the screen or a line down the center of the road.

 

Iron Man 3 was fine, certainly better than Iron Man 2. That Tony Stark was powered down for most of the movie didn't bother me, what draws people to Iron Man movies isn't generally Iron Man, it is Robert Downy Jr. The primary villain was a nerd who felt humiliated and wronged, if you've seen any coed horror movie from the 1980's you know what inevitably happens next, CREATIVE REVENGE!

 

Considering the steam controller is probably going to require first-hand demoing in order to convince people to buy it since it changes up the conventional controller so much, I'm not sure how they are going to accomplish it. No big box or electronics stores offer PC gaming demo stations currently; never mind Big Picture steam demo stations. This is especially true if due to all the tech it is going to cost $80-100, I sure as hell would not be dropping that much cash on a dual TRACKPAD (ewwww) controller without trying it first.


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#11 testudo

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Posted 03 October 2013 - 07:48 PM

What's with the sound quality this week? It SUCKS. I know you guys are trying to be retro, but you shouldn't use an Atari 2600 to record the cast.


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Posted 03 October 2013 - 07:59 PM

I don't have GTA V, and I did a quick search of it, so I will assume this is not a feature. On ACTUAL GPS systems they often have turn-by-turn voice navigation so that you aren't constantly looking over at the GPS map when you should be watching the road. It seems like something that could have been included in GTA V as an option on the GPS that wouldn't have broken the immersion like arrows on the side of the screen or a line down the center of the road.


Great show as always, but on the note of the GPS, GTA 4 had the voiced turn by turn GPS in certain "higher end" cars, so you would set a waypoint and it would tell you when to turn and blah blah. I was surprised that none of the cars in 5 had the feature.

As for me, the current GPS setup is fine. I do something similar to Cheapy, where I'll glance at the line and say "2 streets then left" and so on. Sometimes I don't even use the GPS, and just go until the letter is lined up with my arrow and them turn that direction.

I know Saints Row 3 introduced that style that racing games have had for years, but i didn't experience it till Sleeping Dogs, I'm surprised it took this long for open world games to snag it.

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#13 TheDrypa

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Posted 03 October 2013 - 08:19 PM

I have to agree with Cheapy on the GTA V debate. I have no problems with quickly glancing to the left of the screen to know when to turn. Having a giant arrow or markers in the actual world to tell you where to go would break all and every immersion. I know Saints Row did it with succes, but they weren't going for a giant living and breathing world. I think it doesn't fit within the world that Rockstar tried to make.

 

I also don't understand why Shipwreck who pays 300 dollars for a Nvidia shield won't be bothered to buy the biggest gaming release of this generation for 50 dollars. Why are you so adamant in your disdain of GTA? Both Wombat and Cheapy didn't enjoy GTA IV and both of them are now having fun playing GTA V. Can't you put your prejudice for all GTA games aside and just try it out?



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Posted 03 October 2013 - 08:40 PM

When I saw a pic of the STeam controller I thought it was an April Fool's joke or somebody's photoshop mockup.   The published hands-on experiences with it didn't sound bad but the sources behind these reports all had special appts to see the thing at Valve so not bad to me means not so good.  Anyway I don't even want to get my hopes up that a thumb trackpad can provide a mouse-like experience.   So (news about the Steam controller) just go away until you are on store shelves.  Please.  Thank you.



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Posted 03 October 2013 - 09:39 PM

I also don't understand why Shipwreck who pays 300 dollars for a Nvidia shield won't be bothered to buy the biggest gaming release of this generation for 50 dollars. Why are you so adamant in your disdain of GTA? Both Wombat and Cheapy didn't enjoy GTA IV and both of them are now having fun playing GTA V. Can't you put your prejudice for all GTA games aside and just try it out?


It's not a money issue. I didn't enjoy Grand Theft Auto IV. I didn't enjoy L.A. Noire. I didn't enjoy Red Dead Redemption. I didn't enjoy Max Payne 3. How many times do I have to play a game that I don't enjoy?
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#16 Drclaw411

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Posted 04 October 2013 - 12:28 AM

The RetroN 5 having more preorders than than the Vita did by CAGs is pretty astounding. I'm really excited for the 5, but still holy shit that says a lot about how popular the 5 is as well as how unpopular the Vita was.


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#17 The_Darkest_Red

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Posted 04 October 2013 - 12:22 PM

Shipwreck, my wife's due date for our first child (also a girl) is November 14th. We are like brothers or something. Our kids could have the exact same birthday! Do you plan on soothing her to sleep with the nice hum of a supercar motor in Forza, or perhaps the calm and relaxing sound of gunfire in Killzone: Shadow Fall?

 

Anyway, congrats! 



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Posted 04 October 2013 - 01:31 PM

While GAF may be "small" in terms of the general video game industry, many people in the games industry frequent it often enough that they do have some influence within the media. So many game critics and journalists go in and grab stories from it as well.

There are also some executives like Albert Penello and Adam Boyes who are GAF addicts and do mention GAF to the media in interviews. I dunno why they would bother mentioning GAF if it wasn't relevant to them in some way.

Also, the GAF question was probably related to the HL3 trademark thread. It ended up being on the front page of Reddit yesterday and crashed GAF as a result.

Anyway, every forum has their own fair share of idiots or ignorant members. Don't let a few members or dumb opinions make you loathe an entire community.

 

It's probably for the best that the CAGcast crew stay away from GAF.  They don't do very well when they have their opinions and assumptions challenged.


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Posted 04 October 2013 - 03:40 PM

I hate to say this but in the comics tony stark does have multiple suits at his disposal so having multiple does make sense

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Posted 04 October 2013 - 04:54 PM

I don't have an issue with using the minimap in GTA. It doesn't lessen my driving skills any. In SR3 and in Sleeping Dogs I still primarily used the minimap for navigation. The big-ass arrows don't really aid me in any way that a minimap can't. But they should still have an option for them. In fact, I wish all of these games had an OPTION for them, but don't force it upon you.

 

I think Cheapy is crazy for owning GTAV but not really playing it yet. Believe me, I am a PC gamer - GTAV is actually the first game I've played on my PS3 for well over a year; probably 2 years really. PC (PCPCPCPC) is definitely my system of choice. However, there's no way in hell I would've waited months and months to play GTAV. In the past I've waited to play GTAs, but that was due to not having money of my own. Now that I do, not going to wait. And the fact that Cheapy literally has the game sitting right there already but isn't going to play it is ridiculous to me. And like Cheapy, I'll most likely buy the game again for the PC. (Probably not until it goes on sale, though.)

And just for a frame of reference - both GTA San Andreas and IV came out for PC 8 months after their console release. I too did hear a rumor of a November release, but I highly doubt it. It would be nice, but I'm not holding my breath.

 

 

I hate to say this but in the comics tony stark does have multiple suits at his disposal so having multiple does make sense

Yeah, this is what I've heard. I watched Iron Man 3 with my friends and when I said it was kind of dumb that he had a Hulk-like suit, one of my friends told me that specific suit was actually in the comics. Personally I don't follow any of these superheroes outside of the movies, and I liked Iron Man 3 just fine. I also didn't have any negative feelings towards 2. Hell, I didn't even really find the much-reviled Spiderman 3 that bad when I saw it originally. I guess I'm just not very critical.



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Posted 04 October 2013 - 11:57 PM

Shipwreck, I saw that Amazon has a 2k14 trade-in deal, (for 360 anyway) where you can get the Xbox One version for 10$. I was also considering waiting for the new consoles, but my impatience got the better of me..



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Posted 05 October 2013 - 04:41 AM

Please learn to say spoiler alert or something.  I only listened to part of the first of the show and it completely gave away huge plot points for Iron Man 3.  Cheapy you are the worst, you always want to go into games knowing as little as possible and did not like it when the last Star Trek description gave away a big plot point, but you give no warning at all.  Say a few words to let me know to fast forward.  Cripes!


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#23 apathylad

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Posted 05 October 2013 - 06:34 AM

I'm pretty sure this was the "Panzer Girls" thing CheapyD mentioned during the World of Tanks discussion..

 

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I thought Iron Man 3 was better than Iron Man 2, but then again, I didn't like Iron Man 2. The trailers to Iron Man 3 sure made it look like it was gonna be the darkest film of the trilogy, but man, they sure took that Mandarin stuff in a different direction than I was expecting. Yeah, I didn't care for Iron Man 3 all that much, either. 



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Posted 05 October 2013 - 05:04 PM

When you guys were talking about Steam and the controller, you guys said that more and more games are not on Steam and that some people are even "advertising" that, and mentioned the Not on Steam sale. But from what I've gathered, the Not on Steam sale isn't saying "We're not on Steam, buy our games, haha suck it Steam" like you seemed to be hinting at and is instead saying "We're not on Steam but please be aware of our existence and we'd certainly like to be on Steam." Maybe I misunderstood what you guys were getting at, but I feel like you've misinterpreted the Not on Steam sale.

 

And maybe I should learn to finish the show before commenting so I don't end up commenting like 3 times...



#25 bcgameguide

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Posted 06 October 2013 - 01:12 AM

Pinball hijack!

 

Shipwreck - I tweeted you a vid of John Dayhuff's pinball party. He hosts an open party the first Saturday of November from noon til midnight in Battle Creek, Michigan.  This might be a little too close to your wife's due date, but nay pin-head needs to come to the party and make the trek once.  He has some very rare machines and 60+ are running at once.  Big Bang Bar, King Kong (only 9 made), Cactus Canyon, and many more.  Here's the vid if you missed the tweet:

 

http://www.youtube.c...h?v=oaIGMaBBFPM

 

My friend Pete (about 20 miles from John) has 60+ pins too.  Here's his vid:

 

http://www.youtube.c...h?v=7AAEoqu28Oc


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#26 Icedus

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Posted 06 October 2013 - 06:49 AM

I'll be keeping my ear out for your thoughts on the final version of the RetroN.  Also, I'd been holding my tongue about it but was totally in the same camp as whoever spoke up on all the PC circlejerking.  "PC PC PC" cracks me up now, though.  Carry on, Cheapy.  And play those damned Sonic Generations mods, what are you waiting for



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Posted 06 October 2013 - 01:27 PM

Iron Man 3 is a much better movie than Iron Man 2.  As some one else pointed out Iron Man has a ton of suits for different needs.  The end of the movie is inspired by a comic that had Iron Man calling in all his suits to help defeat a villain.  Half the guys in AIM are just like the villain in the movie angry nerds who want to rule the world

 



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Posted 06 October 2013 - 02:32 PM

So it's a new girl for Shipwreck's basketball team. Contrats. And Wombat does have a dishwasher, it's Mrs. Wombat. jk. I also agree that Iron Man 3 sucked, and Star Trek Into Darkness sucked because it ripped off Wrath of Khan but wasn't better than it. 



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Posted 06 October 2013 - 05:21 PM

The reason Tony Stark created all of those suits was because he started creating them compulsively after having panic attacks because of what happened in The Avengers.  He's a man whose entire world is built on science and then he's fighting aliens along side a Norse god and flew through a rip in space and so tried to deal with that fallout by creating suits to protect him from any situation.  In one and two he never really comes to terms with the danger he puts himself in, Iron Man and Tony Stark might as well be two different people.  In 3 he doesn't feel confident or safe outside of the suit.  At the end when he blows the suits up and says he's Iron Man it's accepting that the suit isn't what makes him a hero.

 

Also, the bad guy sort of couldn't make that stuff stable.  That was the point. 

 

Iron Man 2 needing to set up the Avengers killed the pacing of that movie.



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Posted 06 October 2013 - 09:02 PM

Forgive me if I type out something bungled here. I listened to the Steam Controller discussion portion 3 times now and I'm sorting out my thoughts at the top of my head.

 

From what I can tell, the controller is not meant to replace keyboard and mice but to meet sticks-and-buttons controllers and keyboard/mice halfway: a step above sticks-and-buttons, step below keyboard/mouse.

 

Has Shipwreck not read about the hands-on impressions from various developers, such as the article from Gamasutra? The controller isn't just about making making more games accessible with a controller, it's also about expanding what you can do with games already attuned to controllers.

 

Regions of both pads be split in numerous ways for different commands. Not just like "pie slice" areas either, portions of the outer and inner "rings" can be set to do different things. Furthermore, you can do flicking motions to access even more commands. Also consider that the paddles on the underside of the controller can be bound to more commands or possibly act as a toggle (either one or both together) to briefly change what the touchpads and buttons do. You can even click the pads down. Factor in the face buttons and the touchscreen plus potentially how mod-friendly it is (software and hardware-wise) and you'll realize the amount of things you can do with this thing is mind boggling. Although we'll rarely see games that demand so many command bindings, Valve has no doubt made a flexible controller.

 

As for how the controller performs, read this post by Team Meat's Tommy Refenes. In short, the controller handled Super Meat Boy and Spelunky just fine, both of which are among the most skillfully demanding platformers out there. Hearing Tommy's impressions convinces me that the controller will hold up in terms of accuracy and timing. Although Tommy admitted he would prefer a 360 controller because it is most familiar to him, he would not object to using the Steam controller.